Sam, You’re No Ronald Reagan

Sam Brownback is nosing about that he intends to run for president, and following up on a pledge made here, I will be actively and continuously campaign against his nomination.

brownbackraza.jpgSam Brownback is nosing about that he intends to run for president, and following up on a pledge made here, I will actively and persistently campaign against his nomination.


WASHINGTON —  Sen. Sam Brownback, who is considering a White House bid in 2008, said Monday the Republican field has room for a “full-scale Ronald Reagan conservative” and pledged to make a final decision next month.

The Kansas senator said he was not discouraged from running by the Democrats’ strong gains in this month’s midterm elections, including majority control of the House and Senate.

“It does not make it less likely,” he said in an interview. “I really believe that the basic conservative ideas and ideals were not repudiated. Our execution was.”

Re-read that last sentence. I hold the Senate highly accountable for the election losses the Republicans received, without their sloth, obstruction, and ambivalence over every issue of import before them the past four years we would have made much better progress.

Last time I looked, Sam was still in the do-nothing Senate: No end to the judicial fillibuster, no action on border security, no movement to gain the executive branch the lawful powers needed to effectively wage the war on terror, and finally right before the election, a bill to help trie detainees and the fence bill… three years late.

From a previous article on Immigration here:

The shining city on the hill becomes a dim graffitti-scrawled slum if we continue to import poverty in massive waves. We won’t be able to be the generous country we are if our social systems are overwhelmed, and all the benefits the illegals bring melt in front of the blazing sun of the deficit this will create.

I have to assume that Sam’s intent is good, but I couldn’t disagree with him more. Mexico is a country in dire strait, and the inhabitants need to work to make it better. If we continue to import illegals, then we create an underclass here and sow the seeds of our destruction.

It is the malcontents and the industrious who come here from Mexico, and by allowing this we are crippliing Mexico’s chance to improve. It is the folks who would rail against the government in place, the folks who would work to make their country better who come here instead. Without the escape valve of Illegal immigration to the US available I have no doubt the government of Mexico would have been forced to have become better in the intervening years. The wealth of the country still lies mainly in the hands of aproximately forty families, and PAN has ruled for almost forty years. As long as we are the escape valve, Mexico will NEVER get better.

Whether it is Christian compassion driving Sam or not, it is false charity to import Mexico’s poverty to the US, it’s the difference between giving someone a fish and teaching them to fish. If it’s agri-business concerns, it’s false economy Sam. Ask your constituents how many of their children are living at home much later than they should be because the starter jobs are all taken or too wage-depressed to support a single child leaving the nest.

One last word on the subject, if the law of the land applies to a sitting president, and I agree it did in this case, then the law of the land applies to foreigners crossing our borders. Do we need to define for Sam what the meaning of “Illegal” is?



More on Brownback’s stance on immigration here.